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Larry D. Beamer
Jan. 31, 1953 – Oct. 7, 2020

Larry Duane Beamer, Harrisonville, was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Harrisonville, the son of Gordon Garrett and Margaret Jane (Brent) Beamer.

He died Oct. 7 at Research Medical Center at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 7 days.

July 11, 1981, Larry married Faith Ellen Edmonson in Harrisonville. Larry was a lifetime farmer and stockman in Harrisonville. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Harrisonville.

Larry loved his grandchildren and his Border Collies. He enjoyed fishing and spending his evenings in his rocker recliner. Larry liked to keep track of things, he remembered events, dates and fun facts and was very particular about things even right down to his order of pens arranged on his desk.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Karen Beamer.

Larry is survived by his wife, Faith E. Beamer, of the home; a daughter, Sarah Riffle and husband, Blayne, Bolivar; a son, Mark Beamer, Lincoln; three grandchildren, Blakely Beamer, Lily Riffle and Wesley Beamer; a brother, Gary G. Beamer, Clinton; cousins, nieces and many friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 12 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Faith Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Harrisonville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

John Dakin
Jan. 8, 1925 – Oct. 14, 2020

John Dakin, 95 Drexel, died Oct. 14 at the Louisburg Care Center, Louisburg, Kansas.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Rockville Cemetery just west of Drexel. There will be no visitation. Friends are welcome to attend, masks are encouraged and social distancing should be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

John Dakin was born Jan. 8, 1925, to Fred and Bertha (Endecott) Dakin in Sugar Creek Township, Miami County, Kansas. He lived his entire life within a two-mile radius of his birthplace until moving to the Louisburg Care Center in 2018 after the death of his wife Vera.

John was a farmer and mechanic while working in partnership with his father in Drexel. They sold Chevrolets and Massy farm equipment. One of his biggest achievements was winning the state and national corn picking contest in 1955. He was extremely proud of his grasslands and often told a story of his grandfather atop a horse hidden in a deep erosion ditch that is invisible today because of his conservation efforts.

John was also very proud of his ponds and would invite anyone he met to come fish with him.

John and Vera (Stockebrand) were married nearly 69 years and raised five children on the farm.

Preceding him in death were his wife Vera; his parents, Fred and Bertha Dakin; his sister, Shirley Colthar;, two grandsons, Skylar Dakin and Taylor Kueser; and one great-grandson Jackson Jacklovich.

Survivors are children; Cee Kueser (John), Karl Dakin (Darla), Monica Higgins (David), Roy Dakin (Susan), and Sam Dakin; grandchildren, Jason Kueser, Laurie Jacklovich, Tara Sauer, Emma Dakin, Jennifer Dakin; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulllinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel.

Rodger D. Danforth
March 12, 1960 – Oct. 12, 2020

Rodger Dennis Danforth, 60, Harrisonville, died Oct. 12 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Lee’s Summit.

Rodger was born March 12, 1960, in Kansas City, the son of Warren Dale and Barbara
Ann (Barker) Danforth.

He lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Harrisonville in 1981.

Rodger married Stephanie Hensley Dec. 5, 1982, at the Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill.

Rodger had worked for the Cass County Assessor’s Office as a field appraiser for more than 20 years. He was a member and a deacon of the First Baptist Church in Peculiar. Rodger was an avid Harrisonville High School football fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers, Warren Dale Danforth, Jr., and Raymond Dean Danforth.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, of the home; a son, Daniel Danforth and Jacklyn, Harrisonville; two daughters, Carla Marie Reisman and Scott, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Heather Michelle Courtney and Justin, Creighton; five sisters, Deanne Laffoon and Jim, Winter Haven, Florida, Rhonda Boyer, St. Louis, Mary Reed and Randy, Fristoe, Becky
Hutchinson and Rick, Jefferson City, and Marcie Danforth, Clinton; seven grandchildren, Aaron and Owen Reisman, Adam and Lexi Danforth, and Kylie, Hayleigh and Ava Courtney; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Oct. 15 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrisonville Youth Football.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Jack “Jerry” Gibb
Aug. 18, 1939 – Oct. 13, 2020

Jack “Jerry” Gibb, 81, Urich, died Oct. 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City. A memorial visitation was held Oct. 17 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Jerry was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Bates County, a son of Jack Gordon and Lucy Adaline (Garrett) Gibb. He was a graduate of Weston, Missouri High School. He had worked for Limpus Quarry for more than 20 years as a driller and was a member of the Heavy Equipment Operators Union. He had lived in Belton for 20 years before moving to Urich, where he had lived for the past 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo Ann Snyder; one sister, Nadine Goodlet; and two brothers, Paul David Gibb and Henry E. Gibb.

Jerry is survived by one son, Jerry Gibb, Harrisonville; three daughters, Terry Sharp, Raymore, Vicki Boley, Urich, and Stacy Pettibon, North Kansas City; two brothers, Wilber Gibson, Jr., Marlo, Oklahoma, and Dale Gibson, Harrisonville; one sister, Joan Warner, Raymore; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Nathaniel Nannen
Jan. 7, 1952 – Oct. 6, 2020

Nathaniel “Carl” Nannen was born Jan. 7, 1952, in Lincoln, Illinois, and died Oct. 6 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 30 days.

He was the son of Carl Nathaniel and Edna (Sanderson) Nannen.

Carl was the first child in his family to be born in a hospital. It was a Catholic hospital and the nurses in the maternity ward nicknamed him “Butch” because of his hair.

In 1953, Carl’s father lost the family farm and the family began to move from town to town and state to state while his dad worked as a sharecropper in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

Carl attended numerous schools in Kansas and Missouri. He went to grade school in Hallsville for two years, then attended grades six through eight in Louisburg, Kansas.

Carl’s mother, Edna Nannen, died when Carl was 16 years old and he went to live with his sister, Laurie, in California. He got a job in California and worked for awhile before moving back to the Kansas City area with his dad and getting an apartment in the Hickman Mills area.

In 1978, Carl went to work for Mr. Tire in Kansas City, where he worked for 38 years, retiring in 2014.

June 27, 1981, Carl married Karen Franse in Cleveland. After their marriage, Carl and Karen made their home in Cleveland. Carl and Karen were married for 38 years before Karen’s death from cancer Aug. 13, 2017. After Karen’s death, Carl continued to make his home in Cleveland.

Carl and Karen worked hard and were very dedicated to the community of Cleveland. Carl was an active member of Lions Club International for more than 20 years. While a member of the Lions Club, Carl held several positions including district governor and president.

For more than 20 years he was a member of Western Cass Fire Department and had been a director and past president of the board. He also had been a member of the Cleveland Planning and Zoning Board and worked with Habitat for Humanity.

Carl attended the First Baptist Church of Cleveland and joined the church choir. While a member of the choir, he traveled with them to sing at the “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville, Tennessee, and performed the National Anthem with them at a Kansas City Royals game.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Nannen; his parents, Carl Nathaniel and Edna Nannen; a daughter, Toye Click; two brothers, Bobby and Marion Nannen; and a sister, Laurie Frances Sanders.

He is survived by a son, Derek Hunter, Cleveland; a brother, Jerry Nannen, Lincoln, Illinois; a sister, Rosemary Larkins, Seattle, Washington; nieces, Sherry Larkins, Seattle, Washington, and Carla Wright, Hallsville; six granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way; other relatives, many, many friends and numerous extended grandchildren that called Carl and Karen, Papa and Meema.

Cremation has been accorded. The family of Carl Nannen will host a celebration of life service at a later date.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Kenneth L. Poisal
March 10, 1944 – Oct. 11, 2020

Kenneth L. Poisal, Creighton, was born March 10, 1944, in Payette, Idaho, the son of John Poisal and Margaret (McVicker) Poisal. He died Oct. 11 at Research Medical Center.

April 23, 1964, Kenneth was married to Gladys Bonar in Garden City.

Kenneth was a life-long farmer raising pigs and cattle. He was also a truck driver hauling milk for many years and he later retired from Material Transport in 2009.

He loved to be outside checking his cows, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and now great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gladys, of the home; a son, Ken Poisal and companion Cherie Mantzey, Creighton; a daughter, Georgia Mandl and husband Rob, Creighton; six grandchildren, Stacy Cumpton and Joe, Brian Mandl and Julia, Eric Miller and Ashton, Gary Mandl and Jody, Kaylee Poisal, Dustin Poisal; four great-grandchildren, Emily Cumpton, Jack Cumpton, Olivia Mandl and Easton Miller.

No services are planned at the request of the deceased.

The family requests memorial donations to the Byler Cemetery and may be sent in care of the Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, MO 64701.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Patti J. Rinker
March 17, 1958 – Oct. 15, 2020

Patti Jean Rinker, 62, Harrisonville, died Oct. 15 at her home. Patti was born March 17, 1958, in Kansas City, the daughter of Robert Irby and Amy Alice (Cooley) Faucett.

She married Bret Rinker Feb. 8, 1984, in Miami, Oklahoma. Patti was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville. She had worked as a sales representative for House of Lloyd. She attended Grace Tabernacle.

Patti was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Alicia (Chai) Faucett; and a granddaughter, Lydia Boyer.

She is survived by her husband, Bret, of the home; three sons, Mark Ruddy and Brian Rinker, Harrisonville, and Stephen Boyer, Drexel; two daughters, Becky Moody and Chad, Garden City, and Amy Boyer-Rinker, Harrisonville; four sisters, Janice Lacy and Terry, McPherson, Kansas, Brenda Byrd and Kevin, Bama Robinson and Bret, and Sandy Gray and Jim, all of Harrisonville; and 22 grandchildren, Tyler, Trenton, Jenna, Malia, Addison, Isabella, Isaiah, Grant, Elizabeth, Alex, Aubrey, Haley, Reagan, Madison, Jaden, Tristen, Cameron, Briar, Layla, Caleb, Wyatt and Tryson.

Funeral services were Oct. 17 at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, with burial in the Oakland Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction f the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Donald Lee Smith
June 16, 1929 – Oct. 12, 2020

Donald Lee Smith, 91, Belton, died Oct. 12 at Beautiful Savior Home, Belton. No services are scheduled.

Donald was born June 16, 1929, in LaTour, a son of Roy Lee and Arthenia Izola (Luney) Smith.

He was a 1947 graduate of Leeton High School and attended three years of college. He served in the U.S. Army and was in the National Guard at the old Nike Base in Pleasant Hill. He was married as soon as he joined the Army in 1948. He married Mary Belle Rickard of Luray, Virginia. They had two daughters, Juanita Ann, born in 1950 and Donna Marie, born in 1951. Mary preceded him in death in 1952.

Donald married Dorothy Frances Stephens Nov. 26, 1965, in Harrisonville. They had lived in Pleasant Hill for eight years before moving to Harrisonville in 1973.

Donald had worked for Bakan Plastics and Relex in Lee’s Summit before retiring in 1982. He was an avid gardener. Donald was a Luthier for many years and had made many violins. He loved golf and was a member of the Harrisonville Sand Greens Golf Club. If it was 35 outside and sunny, he went golfing. At one time he made remote control airplanes and flew them. He loved making homemade wine.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy Aug. 22, 2005.

He is survived by one son, Darrin Smith, St. Joseph; three daughters, Valerie Gattenby, Archie, Juanita Artuso, Kansas City, and Donna McConville, Peculiar; two brothers, Raymond Smith, Leeton, and Lowell Keith Smith, Florida; eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Gary R. Staab
Oct. 23, 1949 – Oct. 9, 2020

Gary Richard Staab, 70, Peculiar, after a two-year battle with a genetic liver disease, died Oct. 9 surrounded by family.

Gary was born Oct 23, 1949, in Jackson County, the son of parents Helen Byler Staab and Rudolph Staab. He had one sibling, Paul Staab, four years younger.

Gary and his brother, Paul, shared the love of restoring 1960s muscle cars. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Gary graduated from Raytown South High School in 1968, then attended Central Missouri State University and graduated from Rockhurst University in 1981.

Gary joined the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and served until 1976.

Gary married the love of his life, Theresa Rose, in 1971. They were married for nearly 49 years. Gary and Theresa had four children, Erika Perkins and Decker, Lee’s Summit, Jessica Hall and Jeff, Bucyrus, Kansas, Jeremy Staab and Jill, West Richmond, Washington, and Danika Wissman and Mark, Edwardsville, Kansas.

They gave him 10 wonderful grandchildren, McKenzie Perkins, Brady Perkins, Cheney Perkins, Adrian Staab, Eban Staab, Caiden Hall, Aliya Hall, Ciah Hall, Phoenix Wissman and Shelby Wissman.

Gary met his wife, Theresa, while working at the Federal Reserve Bank. He then worked for Waddell & Reed. Earl Spangler hired him at Spangler Printers where he grew through the ranks to president/CEO.

Simultaneously, while working in the printing industry, he served as a deacon, then pastor at Kansas City Baptist Temple for a number of years. In 2001, he was called into full-time ministry where he served as pastor of Lighthouse Ministry Fellowship and served for 19 years.

Gary won awards in his printing years. He was printing executive of the year in Kansas City, president of Printing Industries of America Kansas City and a member of National Young Printing Presidents Organization.

Gary served in several ministries concerning children and was a board member of Saving Street Children, a ministry to orphaned children in Peru.

Gary came to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 23 years of age. A man named Gary Pool spent years grounding him in God’s word and he was eternally grateful for that investment.

Gary faithfully served the Lord in ministry by sharing the love of Jesus with others. Gary loved the Lord, his wife and family and took great delight in his 10 grandchildren. He was a great man of integrity and love.

Memorial services were Oct. 17 at the Midtown Baptist Temple, Kansas City.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.

Bobby R. Teter
July 16, 1940 – Oct. 14, 2020

Bobby Ray Teter, 80, Peculiar, died Oct. 14. At this time, there are no services scheduled.

Bobby was born in Topeka, Kansas, July 16, 1940, the son of Jay Roscoe Teter and Opal Aileen (Albright) Teter.

After graduating from high school, Bobby faithfully served his country in the United States Navy before continuing with his education. In life, Bobby was an avid hunter and enjoyed skeet and trap shooting.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Aileen Teter; wife, Cherry Sue Smith; and brother, Billy Joe Teter.

He is survived by his son, Eric Ryan Teter; daughter, Robyn Lucretia Crowder and Donnie; a brother, Dean Roscoe Teter and Teresa; and two grandchildren, Lindsey Petsch and Eric and Scott Crowder.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online at http://www.stjude.org or by mail at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore.

Robert L. Thompson
Nov. 1, 1926 – Oct. 10, 2020

Robert LeRoy Thompson, Sr., Garden City, was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Tingley, Iowa, the son of Lloyd Raymond and Lottie May (Butterfield) Thompson. He died Oct. 10 at the Village at Carol Park, Grandview, at the age of 93 years, 11 months and 9 days.

March 19, 1951, Robert married Kimiko Sueto in Fukwoka City, Japan. He moved near Garden City in 1963.

Robert was an aircraft mechanic and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was also a farmer and loved raising his pigs. Robert was a family man and loved his family very much.

He and his wife, Kimiko, were instrumental in the start up of Casco Area Workshop, Harrisonville, for people with disabilities to lead a productive life.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kimiko Thompson, Oct. 15, 2010; and two brothers, Wayne and Richard Thompson.

Robert is survived by a son, Robert L. Thompson, Jr., and wife, Suki, Garden City; a daughter, JoAnn M. Thompson, Harrisonville; four grandchildren, Robert Thompson, III, and wife, Annie, Bonney Lake, Washington, Lottie Thompson and companion, Dave Wisniewski, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kimberly Thompson, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Connie Roquet and husband, Jon, Lee’s Summit; three great-grandchildren, Zane, Kayla and Mila; a sister, Berva Bennett, state of Oregon; other relatives and friends.

Cremation. A private family inurnment will be held at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Cass County Community Living.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Ruth Evelyn Zook
May 3, 1930 – Oct. 11, 2020

Ruth Evelyn Zook was born May 3, 1930, near Garden City, the oldest child of C.P. and Florence (Schrock) Yoder. She died Oct. 11 at the age of 90.

April 7, 1950, Evelyn married Alvin Zook in one of the first weddings to be held in the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church building. They were married for 65 years before Alvin died in April 2015.

Growing up, Evelyn loved the horses her father trained and used for farming, including Polly, her favorite. She spent many hours in her Grandpa Schrock’s orchard picking apples, cherries and a few peaches.

As a teenager, Evelyn went to high school in Garden City before attending Hesston Academy, in Hesston, Kansas, graduating in 1949.

Evelyn and Alvin were the parents of Darrell, married to Pat Zook, Philadelphia; Duane, married to Darla Zook, Velma, married to Willard Yoder and Delvin, married to Debbie Zook, all of Garden City.

They lived on several different farms in the Sycamore Grove community.

Alvin owned Zook’s Service Station in Garden City and worked for the Sherwood School District in bus maintenance, while Evelyn was a homemaker and worked at ABC Health Center from February 1974 to June 1997. The first few years she worked as a nurses aide, then became the head of the laundry department.

Evelyn accepted Christ as her Savior as a young girl and was baptized at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, rural Garden City.

She served in various capacities through the years, but one of her favorite church activities was sewing on Tuesdays with the “Quilting Ladies.” This not only produced many beautiful quilts for the annual fall sale, but also much laughter and fun memories with her fellow quilters.

Evelyn had a love for history and spent many hours reading family genealogies and telling stories of her family and community. Her love of history and storytelling has inspired several of her children and grandchildren to continue learning and preserving family, church and Cass County history.

Her memory was very sharp even until the end of her life being able to tell stories with very specific detail, answering questions about family genealogy or knowing exactly where a box was stored in her house.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin Zook; and her sister, Ruby Ann.

Evelyn is survived by her four children and their spouses; 13 grandchildren, plus eight grandchildren in-law; and 17 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Leroy and Maxine Yoder, Elkhart, Indiana, and Joe and Sharon Yoder, Garden City; her brother-in-law. John Zook, Goshen Indiana; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Zook, Hesston, Kansas.

The family would like to thank Ascend Hospice and Crown Care Center for the care and comfort given to Evelyn toward the end of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clearfork Cemetery Association.

Funeral services were Oct. 15 at the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, rural Garden City, with burial in the Clearfork Cemetery, Garden City.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City.

Wendell A. Clay
July 31, 1958 – Oct. 12, 2020

Wendell Alexander Clay, 62, Amoret, died Oct. 12 at Medicalodges of Frontenac, Kansas. He was born July 31, 1958, the son of George Paul and Ruby Fern Grimsley Clay in Amoret.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Clay.

Wendell is survived by two brothers, Jerry Clay and wife, Cecelia, Pleasanton, Kansas, and Daryl Clay, Amoret; three sisters, Jane Jennings and husband, Dick, Rich Hill, Helen Huggins and husband, Willard, Worland, and Doris Johnson and husband, Kendall, Mound City, Kansas; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Clay, Mound City, Kansas.

Graveside services for Wendell Clay were Oct. 16 at the Benjamin Cemetery in Amoret.

Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Georgia M. Crist
Feb. 16, 1928, – Oct. 10, 2020

Georgia Mae Crist, 92, Butler, died Oct. 10 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born Feb. 16, 1928, the daughter of George and Helen Murphy Ensor in Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Crist; son, Dean Crist; two brothers, Charles Ensor and Dale Ensor; and a sister, Dot Crist.

Georgia is survived by a son, David Crist and wife, Kathy, Butler; two daughters, Cathy Keeble and husband, Mike, Leawood, Kansas, and Lucille Mundey and husband, Alan, Butler; daughter-in-law, Kathy Crist, Gladstone; four grandchildren, Crissy Young and husband, Jon, Sarah Newcomer and husband, Ryan, Brandy Ward and husband, Matty, and Nate Crist; and five great-grandchildren, Joseph Newcomer, Jackson Newcomer, Perrin Young, Collins Ward and Briggs Ward.

Private graveside services were Oct. 13 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice or Medicalodge Activity Fund.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Joseph J. Epperson
July 27, 1939 – Oct. 14, 2020

Joseph James Epperson, 81, Butler, died Oct. 14 at Medicalodge of Butler. He was born July 27, 1939, the son of JamesOlin and Effie Grace Sutton Epperson in Metea, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Loretta Welch.

Joe is survived by his wife, Kay Epperson, Butler; a son, Joseph Lynn Epperson and wife, Kay Foreman, Archie; a daughter, Marsha Umstattd and husband, Dennis, Butler; a brother, Elmer Epperson and wife, Beulah, Butler; brother-in-law, Leroy Welch, Butler; four grandchildren, Dan Umstattd and wife, Lindsay, Annie Morgan, Luke Umstattd, and Tricia Lang and husband, Alex; nine great-grandchildren, Gracie, Kash, Kolby, Brody, Maci, Saywer, Wyat, Braxton and Eislyn; also cousins and relatives in Rochester, Indiana.

A card or phone call to the family would go a long way in remembering their loved one. If you do not have family addresses, feel free to mail cards to Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, 1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO 64730 and they will be sent to the family.

Funeral services for Joe Epperson were Oct. 17 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

Randall S. Garrett
July 19, 1952 – Oct. 10, 2020

Randall “Toby” Stephan Garrett, 68, Lee’s Summit, formerly of Concordia, died Oct. 10 in Independence at Centerpoint Medical Center. Toby was born July 19, 1952, in Savannah, the son of Harvey Garrett and Eunice Lawrence.

Toby attended Windsor High School. He was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for many years.

Toby was a member of the Shelby’s Fifth Mounted Cavalry Regiment in Lone Jack and the Ninth Kansas Cavalry Regiment. He led and participated in Civil War reenactments all over the country. He never stopped learning, teaching or telling great stories.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Garrett; his mother, Eunice (Lawrence) Garrett; brother, Richard S. Garrett; and brother-in-law, Harold Lee Uptegrove.

Toby is survived by two sons, Scott Gordineer, Coarsegold, California, and Caleb Garrett, Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter, Chantelle Jackson and husband, Danny, Oak Grove; two sisters, LaDonna C. Uptegrove, Adrian, and Lola Karin Aranda, Blue Springs; his very dear friend, Sherry Slinkard, Pea Ridge, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Campbell-Cast Funeral Home, Holden.

Mark Johnson
March 2, 1950 – Oct. 7, 2020

Mark Johnson, 70, St. Joseph, died Oct. 7 at Diversacare of St. Joseph.

Cremation, with no services planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.

Virginia Murray
July 8, 1920 – Oct. 12, 2020


Virginia Frances Murray, 100, Butler, died Oct. 12 at Medicalodge of Butler. She was born July 8, 1920, the daughter of Pete, Jr., and Ada Mae Cooper in Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Virginia is survived by two sisters-in-law, Muriel Mears and husband, Bill, Butler, and Arlene Crawford, Marshall; two cousins, Jr. Red Well, Butler, and Harlow Jundy, Kansas City; three step-children; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Linda Jensen, Butler.

Graveside services for Virginia Murray were Oct. 17 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Good Shepherd Hospice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, Butler.

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